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Posted on: August 12, 2021

Wildfire Ready: Back to School & Emergency Alerts

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As our students return to school, parents and guardians should ensure their SoCoAlert accounts are set up to receive potential emergency alerts for an area that your child’s school is within. If your child has changed schools or started a new one, make those changes in your account to receive the correct alerts.

SoCoAlert is an emergency notification service that alerts residents by landline or mobile phone, text message and email about imminent threats to life and property in specific impacted areas. You can register all addresses that you’d like to receive alerts for (work, child’s school, etc.). Unlike other emergency alerting systems, you don’t have to be in the location of the emergency to receive the alert. SoCoAlert is different than Nixle and Wireless Emergency Alerts on your cell phone. Its important to understand the difference.

A managed SoCoAlert account will allow you to save and modify your existing notifications settings and contact information. You can also customize the types of notifications you receive and add additional addresses. This feature is especially beneficial if you have kids that attend different schools. 

To sign up for SoCoAlert, or to update your account information, visit the Know Your Emergency Alerts webpage, which is part of our Ready Santa Rosa emergency preparedness campaign. 

To learn more about emergency alerts and preparedness this fire season, visit and

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